Written by Lucy Brzoska
One way is to look out for unusual portents, unnatural juxtapositions, something that just doesn’t feel right. Like an immobile upside-down butterfly.
This butterfly was not responding to the other Large whites visiting the sticky fleabane on this warm October day. A closer look revealed it was firmly in the grip of a Praying mantis, who was eating it head-first, delicately picking off the proboscis, like a delicacy to be savoured.
The discarded white wings fluttered to the ground, and the mantis became invisible again, merging perfectly with the plant stem.